SUMMER THROWBACK: long-lost 2011 pics & 5 favorite old songs!

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Thursday 6/23/11
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Merlin {working name}: Day 2

Oooh, it’s about to be the beginning of summer. I love this moment. I found some long-forgotten pictures from an album titled “summer 2011″ on my computer. I had fun looking through them – BABY MERLIN! – so how could I not resist posting random pics from my favorite season? Also, sharing some of my favorite songs that remind me of summer at the moment. All very ancient. Please tell me new (or old!) faves!

1. My Morning Jacket – Wordless Chorus (2006)

Once it’s warm enough to roll down the windows – a moment to savor for sure – I like to crank this song.

 

2. Aphex Twin – Film (1997)

I had this song on an old CD from over a decade ago, burned for a long road trip out west. Again, it reminds me an open road and the car windows down and bursts of total freedom.

 

3. Portishead – Glory Box (1994)

I think this is the sexiest song, maybe ever, but it might be a matter of taste. My friend Jen came over last week and was like, “What……are you listening to?”

 

4. Jeff Buckley – Everybody Here Wants You (1998)

In Louisiana, Laney and I were reminiscing about Jeff Buckley. So beautiful. Such a beautiful voice. THIS is my favorite Jeff Buckley song.

 

5. Tom Petty – You Got Lucky (1982)

I’ve been stalking Tom Petty’s website to see if they are releasing any more summer tour dates….alas, not so lucky….but I remain hopeful!

 

P.S. I did sunrise yoga again this morning! I’m giving myself a virtual pat-on-the-back. Summer goal: make this a routine.

P.P.S. I’m flying to Ohio tomorrow for a long weekend and I’m so excited to see my family!

 

 

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BAR NIBBLES.

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Silly me! I didn’t mention what I ate over the weekend. Well, I started the weekend with an I’m-going-to-stay-home-and-read-and-clean attitude because I was away last weekend in the city that never sleeps and I’m trying to finish The Goldfinch, but ended up going out both nights in Burlington. The nights started out with I’m-just-going-to-drink-water but ended with cheese platters, fries with ketchup (very important!), wine, and whiskey. HA! Peer pressure. And I had the absolute best of intentions. Alas, that cheese plate had one of my new favorites: Spring Brook Farm’s Tarentaise Vermont Alpine Cheese! I highly highly highly recommend it.

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MY FIRST BIKE RIDE OF 2014!

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This weekend I got my bike out and went on my first bike ride of 2014. FELT SO GOOD! I biked down to Burlington’s waterfront, which was packed with people enjoying the sunny afternoon, and then went to a 90-min yoga flow class, before biking back home. Later that night I ate chocolate chip cookies and watched The Little Mermaid with friends. I haven’t seen that Disney flick in forever and the music is too cute in it. But we realized that all the Disney movie characters have the biggest eyes, and last night we found this Buzzfeed article “If Disney Princesses Had Normal-Sized Eyes.” HILARIOUS.

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PIZZA BUNK BEDS!

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I was out at Barrio Bakery in Burlington tonight for pizza with friends, and the singer-songwriter who was performing called the stands “pizza bunk beds”! I cracked up and snapped a picture. I also like the shape (logs?) of the pizzas at Barrio. And I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting pizza’d out. I’ve eaten it for THREE other meals this week AND I’m having it tomorrow for a student lunch. Yikes.

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JAZZ FEST WEEKEND: 15 highlights from Louisiana!

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Well, it altogether went WAY.TOO.FAST!

It took forever to fly down there and I forgot my headphones, but I had the 800-page Goldfinch to keep me company. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it. (I found 60 percent off Bose noise-canceling headphones at Target in Baton Rouge for the flight home….mind blown….I love them! So I listened to music – Arcade Fire – instead of reading all the way home.) The beginning is so good, yet so sad though. Be forewarned.

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Per usual, Louisiana did not disappoint in terms of good times, good friends, good food, good weather, and good music. I’m going to attempt (hopefully, but unlikely….) to get up in a few hours for sunrise yoga, but wanted to share some highlights from my AMAZING weekend.

1. I flew into Baton Rouge and got to immediately see Laney and BABY ALICE for the first time! She’s 4-months old and such a peach, like a real life Cabbage Patch doll!

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2. Then we headed to New Orleans for the weekend for Jazz Fest. I was reunited with my favorite balcony ever. I could come to New Orleans and just sit here all week!

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Jazz Fest 2014
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3. Arcade Fire – LIVE – incredible. That band was on my concert bucket list and did NOT disappoint. We also saw Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night, but we were so far away that the sound wasn’t great.

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4. The Gospel, Jazz and Blues tents at Jazz Fest. Totally awe-inspiring.

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5. Jazz Fest food did not disappoint. I tried crawfish monica, crawfish strudel, crawfish bread, chocolate ice cream, and rose mint tea. Mmmm!

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Jazz Fest 2014

6. Cute and funky Jazz Fest neighborhood photo booth signs.

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7. Angelo Brocatto. I love this little place in the French Quarter. We’d pick up almond croissants and coffee in the morning, but they also make the cutest pastries.

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Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

8. Bacchanal, essentially a backyard turned wine and music venue.

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(Although, I don’t recommend trying to use self-tanner post wine & cheese! Ooof!)

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9. The Green Goddess. Tiny, funky restaurant tucked in an alley with fabulous food.

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Citrus salad with candied pecans.

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Excuse the crazy brightness – we were sitting outside soaking up the rays. Acadian Country Breakfast! Two sweet potato biscuits stuffed with pan fried boudin patties served with a side of truffle grits, house made pepper jelly and Steen’s cane syrup.

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Brandied apple compote and chèvre stuffed inside a Dong Phuong roll topped with bruléed red wine sugar, served with a red wine syrup.

10. Real street musicians.

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11. Sleeping cats in store windows.

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12. New Orleans city views.

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Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

13. Blue skies, no clouds. Yes, please.

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14. Bikes! Everyone cycles around the city.

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15. Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain. Laney and I both tried out Lovesick and it stayed on at festivals and all day flights. A keeper!

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Great weekend –> can’t wait to plan my next trip down South:)

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SUNSHINE HERE I COME.

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So happy:)

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APRIL IN VERMONT.

Extreme snowshoeing.❄️⛄️
Snow wall meets ☀️
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“One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in.”

-Thoreau

I feel the same about living up in Vermont. I remember reading Walden in college, but it didn’t make quite as much sense  – I didn’t “get it” – until I moved to the Northeast, where things are really frozen for months and months. I happen to call this season The Slow Melt. I get impatient with it at times, but it’s finally happening and so exciting to witness.

Unlike Thoreau, my journal is Instagram (woo!). Which, dear readers, let’s ponder: if Thoreau embraced an iPhone in the woods, would he be like the sh*t on Instagram? I think it could be a real possibility. He’d probably be the guy with 30K followers taking the same photo at the same time for a year or something crazy like that…

P.S. I am still eagerly awaiting wildflowers.

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